New Canterbury Tales

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Macmillan, 1901 - English fiction - 262 pages
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Page 264 - This work, for any one of several solid reasons, must be regarded as of very unusual interest. In the matter of style alone, it is an achievement, an extraordinary achievement ... in the matter of interpreting nature there are passages in this book that I have never seen surpassed in prose fiction.
Page 264 - A series of adventures as original as they are romantic. . . . 'The Forest Lovers ' is a piece of ancient arras ; a thing mysteriously beautiful, a book that is real, and, at the same time, radiant with poetry and art. 'The Forest Lovers' will be read with admiration, and preserved with something more than respect.
Page 264 - This work, for any one of several solid reasons, must be regarded as of very unusual interest. In the matter of style alone, it is an achievement, an extraordinary achievement. Such a piece of English prose, saturated and racy with idiom, compact and warm throughout as living human tissues, well deserves to be set apart for grateful study and express appreciation.
Page 3 - PRAY do not suppose that Chaucer's were the only pilgrims to woo the Canterbury way with stories, nor that theirs was the only road by which to seek the Head of Thomas. His people may have set the fashion and himself a tantalizing standard of attainment ; but that is a poor-hearted chronicler who withholds from a tale because some other has told one well.
Page 110 - Mattheeus did earnestly pretend for the hand of Donna Emilia, and without a dower. The Visdomini were bare to the bones of money and lands; the dowry-quittance should tempt them, Luca judged: not so Matteo. But Matteo, in truth, did so urgently long for sight or touch of his little Emilia that he sent his brother against his own hopes — that thus, at second-hand, he himself might seem to deal with her. ' Take her, dear Luca, this ring,' said the honest lover, ' and give her one message from me...
Page 249 - It seems, mamma mia,' said he, ' that I have accidentally married this young gentleman.' "'You are the greatest fool in Europe,' said the Countess, ' and I speak as the widow of your father. Pray, in what capacity do you stand? As husband or wife ? ' " Galeotto made the most of his opening. " ' I see the difficulty,' he said as dispassionately as he could. ' It is a very real one. Eugenio, my friend, how do you take it ? ' " ' I take it very ill,' said Eugenio sulkily : ' but I agree with her ladyship's...
Page 266 - THE MACMILLAN COMPANY, 66 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK. This book should be returned to the Library on or before the last date stamped below. A fine of five cents a day is incurred by retaining it beyond the specified time. Please return promptly.
Page 148 - Quare fremuerunt, in a sweet shrill voice; but next, with richer volume, Pange lingua gloriosi, and (with a sobbing descant very lovely to hear) Anima Christi. Last of all, tired as he was, he sang in a dead hush, on a strange, meek, questing note, with the self-fed rapture of a lonely bird, that hymn of comfortable prophecy, which runs at its close — "' Pax ibi florida, pascua vivida, viva medulla, Nulla molestia, nulla tragcedia, lacryma nulla. O sancta potio, sacra refectio, pax animarum, O...
Page 126 - Me you shall have in good time,' says Matteo again, 'and make your pleasure of my carcase. But if you want her whom you have made shameful, you shall come and fetch her.' " ' I have nothing to do with your wife, fellow,' says my lord. " ' She is not my wife, dog, thanks to you ! ' Matteo thundered, and turned to the girl. ' Emilia,' says he, ' art thou mine or his ? Art thou mine or another's ? ' Her lips moved, but not her eyes.
Page 235 - If you will be my partner, cousin, we will collate all the afternoon," he said. " Let my servant dispose of himself to your least annoyance. He must make purchases for me before nightfall : I left Mantua hurriedly. But I can tell you all that at table. Thank Heaven for the gift of tongues." ' " Heaven has enriched you indeed, Galeotto," said Donna Camilla. Then to her maid. " Estella, take the Signor Conte's man to the still-room, and see that he wants for nothing.

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